Papers of Helen L. Haylett

Scope and Content

Papers, 20th century, comprisingTo Zanzibar and Back, a memoir by Helen L. Haylettof service in Zanzibar Protectorate, etc. from 1935 to 1961 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2223/1).

Administrative / Biographical History

Helen L. Haylett was educated at Sale County High School before training at St. James's Secretarial College, London. She then worked as a shorthand typist with the Asiatic Petroleum Company Limited, rising after five years to the position of 3rd Secretary to the Area Manager for Scandinavia. In 1935 she left to take up the post of Office Assistant to the Secretariat, Zanzibar. She later worked as Secretary to the Governor, Dar-es-Salaam and was Chairman of the African branch of the YWCA, Mombasa until 1961.

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Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

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Reminiscences of experiences in Zanzibar, Madagascar and Kenya, 1935-1961(ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2223/2) donated by Mrs. Haylett on 27th September 1996.

Related Material

Memoirs, diaries, photographs and printed material relating to service asOffice Assistant to the Secretariat in Zanzibar, and later as Secretary to theGovernor, Dar-es-Salaam, 1935-1961 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1946).